So… Kevin Gates straight up round-house kicked a female fan in the chest — and now he's claiming self defense!
Back in August, the 2 Phones rapper was caught on video forcefully kicking 18-year-old fan Miranda Dixon after she reached out to touch his shorts while he was on stage in Lakeland, FL.
Miranda and her family have since pressed charges against the 30-year-old, who already has a criminal history.
According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ, Gates' camp is claiming that he was acting in self-defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground Law."
Gates is saying that Dixon tried to grab him twice during his performance — and since he says he gave her a verbal warning to stop after the first time, he had the right to kick her.
Kevin claims that he thought the victim was trying to pull him offstage so he did what he needed to do to defend himself. He's asking the judge to dismiss the charge.
Watch the incident in question (below):